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Loose Change: This was no boating accident

Perhaps we were a little too hasty to judge Dick Pound.

Truly it does appear he may be right that at least one-third of the GMs in the league are on the hubbly bubbly.

Your honor, I'd like to call Mr. Mike O'Connell to the stand.

To be fair, there's always two sides to every story and the trade has to be looked at from both San Jose's and Boston's perspective. Only after closer examination can we really determine who “won” this trade.

To refresh, going to San Jose: Joe Thornton; going to Boston: Brad Stuart, Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau, assorted Christmas ornaments.

On the plus side, the $1.5 million Boston saves in this deal will go a long way towards the $12 million they plan to offer Martin Lapointe next summer.

On the plus side, the Sharks get Joe Thornton.

On the plus side, the Bruins get a proven center in big Keith Primeau. Say what? Wayne who?

On the plus side, the Sharks get Joe Thornton.

On the plus side, Marco Sturm goes a long way towards attracting that lucrative Cambridge-Germanic-upwardly-mobile demographic.

On the plus side, the Sharks get Joe Thornton.

On the plus side, the Bruins are already plenty deep at center with Zhamnov, Boyes...and uh...that guy over there. And that other guy, whose name I can't think of right now.

On the plus side, the Sharks get Joe Thornton.

On the plus side, the Bruins have plenty of scoring to take up the slack in Samsonov, Glen Murray and the ghost of Phil Esposito.

On the plus side, the Sharks get Joe Thornton.

On the plus side, the Bruins got the thumbs up from Mike Milbury.

On the plus side, the Sharks get Joe Thornton.

On the plus side, the Bruins have the TD Banknorth Garden double-booked for April anyhow, so it would be best not having playoff hockey mucking up the schedule even further.

On the plus side, did I mention that the Sharks get Joe Thornton?

Charlie Teljeur, creator of THN's hockeysockpuppettheatre, brings you Loose Change every Tuesday and Thursday, only on thehockeynews.com.

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